The club is a live music and comedy venue that is housed in a former church. People’s story reports tonight’s event “…celebrates young people making a difference in the country in the business, arts and sport sectors.”
The Duke and Duchess wave as they head into the club.
Here you see Kate and William chatting with Dame Mary Peters.
More from The Belfast Telegraph, including the announcement of a new honor for the Dame:
Dame Mary, a Northern Ireland sporting great, won gold in the pentathlon at the 1972 Olympics and founded sports charity the Mary Peters Trust.
She will become a Lady Companion of the Order – the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.
The Dame is also known for starting the Mary Peters Trust, created “…to help aspiring young athletes, to realise their maximum potential by assisting them in both a financial and advisory capacity.”
Both Kate and Wiliam took a turn behind the bar.
One of Kate’s funny faces.
A video from Kensington Palace.
? Getting the party started at @BelfastEmpire, where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating young people who are making a real difference in Northern Ireland #RoyalVisitNI pic.twitter.com/JFnIPdy9do
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 27, 2019
A patron raises his glass to William.
From the BBC’s coverage:
During the informal party, Prince William made a speech about the “many inspirational young leaders” he and Catherine had met on their visit. “From using sport to encourage people to talk openly about mental health, to delivering services to children and young people who are at risk of entering care,” he said. “The work you do transcends community and is helping deliver a brighter future for everyone in Northern Ireland.”
More from The Belfast Telegraph’s story:
Comedian Shane Todd performed as the royal couple engaged in conversations with those in attendance.
He joked: “Everyone seems excited for some reason, I met them at the door, they were very nervous but hid it well.”
Now to what Kate wore for tonight’s party.
Kate’s dress is the Metallic Lurex Midi style by Missoni.
Described as being “whisper-weight,” the frock features a fitted bodice with a v-neck, sheer sleeves and a pleated midi-length skirt. It slips on and has a “slim-fitting slip.”
Arguably the most-discussed element of the garment, at least on social media, was its color. The dress is available at Net-a-Porter ($2480), where the color is called “mint.” Here is a closer look at the fabric, a rayon/cupro/polyester blend. It’s possible the metallic threads reflected the flashes from the cameras, making it look more like silver than green.
Kate has worn Missoni once before (below left) as well as a piece from the M Missoni diffusion line (below right).
Kate wore her trusty Gianvito Rossi 105 Pumps in the ‘praline’ suede.
She carried her Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry in ‘buttercream’ suede. (Our photo shows the item in leather.)
This offers a better look at the piece. Unfortunately, it is no longer offered by Mulberry.
The Duchess wore her hair down with a loose curl.
We saw a new set of earrings and pendant on the Duchess tonight. Below, Kate’s Candy Green Amethyst Diamond Earrings (£1750, roughly $2330 at today’s exchange rates) by Kiki McDonough.
And the matching Candy Green Amethyst Diamond Pendant (£1250, about $1665), also featuring a green amethyst and diamonds in 18K yellow gold.
You can read more about Kate’s two looks earlier in the day by clicking here.
This 5-minute piece from ITN’s Royal Family Channel covers tonight’s engagement.
- The Mirror’s story is here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Telegraph’s piece by Hannah Furness is here; The Belfast Telegraph’s wrapup of the day is here
- Town and Country’s story is here; Hello’s coverage of the day’s events is here; People’s article is here; the Fug Girls post is here; PopSugar’s gallery is here